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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:NOVEMBER/DECEMBER


THE WONDERFUL AND COMPUTERS


WORLD OF DIGITAL


With the demise of Meglans, many people think they have to go to mainstream retailers in Carlisle or Workington to buy a new PC but I’m here to offer an alternative and here’s why:


A large retailer won’t take the time to assess your needs and look at your current IT setup. They can’t and won’t visit you at home but will ask what you use your Laptop for then recommend whatever they have on ‘special’ or get you to spend what they feel they can get out of you. That’s their job, to sell technology.


Part of the problem is that having ‘got’ you to buy a machine, they will charge you to fill it with software you don’t want or need (Bloatware). Some will transfer your old data over but then they send you on your merry way. Yes, you have a warranty, but have you got a machine that is fit for purpose? It’s usually a week or two later that I get a call because the machine isn’t what you expected. It isn’t working like your old PC used to and you’re thinking of ditching the new toy in favour of the old one, despite its failings.


FESTIVE 4 COURSE LUNCH Served in the Lake View


Restaurant throughout December* with a glass of warm winter pimms served on arrival £27.50 per person *excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day


AFTERNOON TEA Served daily £24.95 per person


THE COURTYARD BAR AND BRASSERIE A contemporary setting open throughout the day.


TEA WITH SANTA 1st December


Afternoon tea served at 2.30pm with a visit from the Alpacas and Santa. £24.95 per adult to include mulled wine on arrival £21.00 per child to include a gift from Santa.


CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS 13th and 20th December


Enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival followed by a 3 course menu and entertainment £34.95 per person.


NEW YEAR’S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH


£24.95 per adult £12.95 per child & Events


ARMATHWAITEHALL HOTEL AND SPA


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Festive Dining


I arrive and am told it doesn’t work as it should and can I fix it? This is a good point to have a cup of tea and talk about what you do with your computer. I assess your computer competence, knowledge, usage, amount of data and then look at what you’ve been sold. Sometimes, it is simply a case of removing the bloatware and changing one or two settings. Or it can mean a clean install, installing software other than that which comes with Windows 10 and getting you back to a place that is at least part-familiar AND suits your needs.


I would encourage you to call me before you buy a new computer, mobile phone, tablet or indeed Smart TV and talk to me about what it is you want to be able to do. I may be able to source the right device for you, I may simply point you in the right direction or agree with your own assessment. I can tell you which models to avoid and ensure you ask the retailer the right questions to make sure you are buying something that is fit for purpose.


Advice is free, it’s also unbiased and impartial. As we hurtle towards Christmas, people often think on new technology purchases, so be a canny customer and give me a call first.


David Jeffries


dj@cockermouth-it-services.co.uk 016973 61066 Solving People’s Digital Problems www.cockermouth-it-services.co.uk


WWW.COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4RE Tel: 017687 88911 or 017687 76551 www.armathwaite-hall.com ISSUE 437 | 21 NOVEMBER 2019 | 7


Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4RE BOOKING ESSENTIAL • 017687 76551 • www.armathwaite-hall.com Our gift cards make the perfect present and can be used throughout the hotel and spa


Wedding Fayre Sunday 24th November 11am until 3pm


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